The Hacksmith’s small-scale railgun may be clunky, but it did prove that a small-scale railgun is entirely possible. That was three years ago. Fast forward to 2021, one company, Arcflash Labs, LLC, has realized what was essentially a handheld railgun that money can buy.
This handheld railgun is called GR-1 Anvil Gauss Rifle. Billed as “the world’s first and only handheld Gauss rifle,” the GR-1 Anvil is based on the same principle as the now-shelved U.S. Navy railgun program (in spite of Michael Bay’s imagination).
The GR-1 is an 8-stage semi-automatic high voltage Gauss Rifle. The company staked claim as the most powerful coign ever sold to the public and possibly the most powerful handheld coilgun ever built. Well, we have no doubt about it. Like, who else is building or has built one other than the Hacksmith? Probably no one.
The gun can shoot a variety of ferromagnetic projectiles to over 200 feet per second and delivers up to 75 ft-lbs of muzzle energy.
Using the “world’s most advanced capacitor charging system, a dual Clamped Quasi-Resonant Inverter,” the GR-1 is capable of firing up to 20 rounds a minute downrange at full power, or up to 100 rounds per minute at 50% power.
The standard issue comes with the rifle, a 25.2-volt lithium-polymer battery, and a hard carry case. It is one hefty beast, btw. Tipping the scales at 20 lbs (or about 9 kilograms), it is lighter than an M60 MG. In contrast, the standard-issue M4 Carbine weighs just 7.75 lbs (3.52 kilograms) with 30 rounds.
Images: Arcflash Labs.
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